A project by Space Open, led by Robert Glass & Darryl Jones
We have arrived at a tenuous moment of global shift; a precipice of opposing sociopolitical values all vying for mainstream inclusion. As we approach this apex of change, we find ourselves grasping for connection and camaraderie; our physical intimacy has literally been torn apart by remote communication, culture wars, and economic disparity. CLIMAX, a collaborative project led by Space Open, embraces this moment of social and political upheaval. Through provocative, intimate, and performative events, CLIMAX carries us through to the other side.
In CLIMAX, the boundaries between self and other are tested as the audience become both artist and actor over four nights of immersive experiences and euphoric reflection:
ABOUT SPACE OPEN
In 2011, Robert Glass and Darryl Jones organized a group of designers and artists in the Bay Area around an open salon. This initial gathering was meant to motivate the making and critiquing of our work, while providing a space for a conversation. An ongoing monthly series of nomadic meetups followed with the intention of sharing our voices to expand techniques and insights.
We search for objectivity as a state of truth beyond an observer’s individual biases, interpretations, and feelings. Figure drawing sessions, outdoor excursions, art shows, and live performances continue in various private and public venues as we scout for a more permanent collaborative place. CLIMAX presents their initial immersive art experience that turns the gallery into a canvas and audience in to artists.
Robert is an artist, designer, and educator with interests in the intersection between people and places. His artwork is sparked both by these gatherings where abstract figure drawings express a reinterpretation of form, and further excursions into the California landscape evoke plein air watercolor painting and poetry from the Haiku masters of Japan.
Darryl Jones is an artist and filmmaker based in Oakland, CA. His lifelong quest is to unite his love of film with his love of landscape. This journey has taken him down many roads rich with watercolor sketches, haiku poetry, theatre performances, binge-watching, filmmaking and unguided walking tours.